UpStream Art

Since 2016, the UpStream Art project has brought to life 16 unique murals on storm drains in downtown Springfield. Click for a map of storm drain mural locations. The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Pollutants such as oil, trash, and pet waste are harmful to water quality and aquatic life. Everyone can protect local waterways through simple, everyday actions.

Artists have been selected to paint mural designs that speak to this year’s theme: “It’s All Connected.” The murals will ‘flow’ from one to another toward a vegetated stormwater treatment area at the trailhead. Selected artists will paint the murals on August 23 and 24, 2019 at the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path in downtown Springfield.

Interested in holding a storm drain mural project in your community? Read our frequently asked questions.

UpStream Art Murals in Downtown Springfield

Lisa Yu, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Allie Camp, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jordan Colburn, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead

Chelsey Putnam, 2017. Parking lot of Springfield Museum

Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum

Sierra McClain, 2017. 4th and B Street, by Justice Center
Christian Howarth, 2017. 4th and A Street
Scott Boyes, 2017. 5th and A Street
Shelly Davey Dax, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum
Bayne Gardner, 2016. 418 A Street
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, 2016. 149 5th Street
Sarah Bast, 2016. 204 5th Street
Christian Howarth, 2016. By 5th and A Street
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2016. 405 A Street

What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

 Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, read this Prevent Stormwater Pollution resource and check out our Clean Water at A Glance factsheets.

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